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How does a nation based on principles of faith develop an international reputation for high instances of violence?

This and many other related topics will be explored when University of Charleston President Ed Welch leads a discussion with Stanley Hauerwas and Rev. Eric Mounts titled, "God & Violence in American Culture." The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Riggleman Hall's Geary Auditorium.

Support for the conversation is provided by the Herchiel and Elizabeth Sims fund at the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. The Fund's purpose is to promote discussion around the meaning of the national motto, "In God We Trust." Therefore, the conversation will focus on the impact that belief in God has on actions that promote peace, justice, conflict and aggression.

Haurewas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and holds a joint appointment at Duke Law School. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named "America's Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. Hauerwas' book, "A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic," was also selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century.

Mounts is the senior pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston. He is a graduate of Cedarville University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. He has served in pastoral ministry for twenty-five years in Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.

Each year, the UC Speaker Series brings distinguished speakers and thought-provoking events to Charleston, West Virginia.  Speakers have included writer Wil Haygood, astronaut Sally Ride, crusader Erin Brokovich, comedian Dave Barry, White House chef Walter Scheib, Time Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs and many others.  The Forum on the Future of Energy in 2010 pitted environmentalist Bobby Kennedy against coal magnate Don Blankenship in a debate watched around the world.